NOAA Weather Satellite Breaks Up in OrbitPosted: December 3, 2015 Filed under: Science & Technology, Space & Aviation | Tags: Agenda 21, Analytical Graphics, Antarctic, Antarctica, Donald J. Kessler, Earth, El Niño–Southern Oscillation, Elon Musk, Kessler Syndrome, Low Earth orbit, Manned mission to Mars, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Space debris, Weather, Weather forecasting Leave a comment
LONDON — Jeff Foust reports: A U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite retired in 2014 has suffered an apparent breakup, the second time in less than a year that a polar-orbiting weather satellite has generated orbital debris.
“The breakup, if confirmed, would be the second time in less than a year for a satellite in polar orbit. In February, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 satellite exploded in orbit, creating several dozen pieces of debris.”
The Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) announced Nov. 25 that it had identified a possible breakup of the NOAA 16 satellite. The center, which tracks objects in orbit and warns of potential collisions, said it first detected the breakup at 3:41 a.m. Eastern time and was tracking an unspecified number of “associated objects” in the orbit of NOAA 16.
JSpOC said later Nov. 25 that the debris from NOAA 16 posed no current threat to other satellites in orbit. It added that it did not believe the debris resulted from a collision with another object, suggesting that NOAA 16 broke up on its own.
[The Biggest Spacecraft to Fall from Space]
NOAA 16 launched in September 2000 with a planned lifetime of three to five years. The spacecraft continued to operate in a backup role until June 2014, when NOAA retired the spacecraft after an unspecified “critical anomaly.”
“A sudden temperature spike in that spacecraft led spacecraft engineers to conclude a battery in the spacecraft ruptured because of a design flaw. Seven other DMSP spacecraft have a similar design flaw.”
The breakup, if confirmed, would be the second time in less than a year for a satellite in polar orbit. In February, the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 satellite exploded in orbit, creating several dozen pieces of debris. A sudden temperature spike in that spacecraft led spacecraft engineers to conclude a battery in the spacecraft ruptured because of a design flaw. Seven other DMSP spacecraft have a similar design flaw. Read the rest of this entry »
America the BeautifulPosted: September 16, 2015 Filed under: Comics, Entertainment, Humor, U.S. News | Tags: America, Cartoon, Illustration, Maps, USA, Weather 1 Comment
Stormfront Penetrating Deep into New EnglandPosted: August 12, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor | Tags: AccuWeather.com, Address (geography), AgustaWestland, American Broadcasting Company, Buzzfeed, graphics, Maps, New England, News presenter, Northeastern United States, Phallic, Weather, WGN-TV Leave a comment
On Tuesday, AccuWeather.com shared a graphic that showed a rainy day in the Northeast.
Needless to say, the graphic certainly got a rise out of the news anchors at WGN.
The image made the rounds on social media on Tuesday…
[VIDEO] When Raccoons Need UmbrellasPosted: June 9, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor | Tags: comedy, media, Raccoons, Rain, Umbrella, video, Videography, Weather, YouTube Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Boston: ‘Big Wicked Stawm Comin’Posted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Boston, New York, NYC, Storm, Weather Leave a comment
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Chaos in NYC: Pickles & Cheese Storm PrepPosted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Food & Drink, U.S. News | Tags: media, New York, New York City, news, NYC, Storm, Twitter, Union Square, Union Square (New York City), Weather, Whole Foods Leave a comment
This is the scene outside the @WholeFoods in Union Square, NYC right now. Chaos. (photo by @acpants) #blizzardof2015 pic.twitter.com/Kg7rDLaOVG
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) January 26, 2015
[PHOTO] Sunset Over SeattlePosted: May 1, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, U.S. News | Tags: Capitol Hill, design, May 1 2014, Photography, Seattle, Seattle Chinese Garden, Space Needle, Twitter, United States, Weather, Westlake Park Leave a comment
Sunset over Seattle pic.twitter.com/mhTfQ9w9tw
— West Coast Pics (@WestCoastPics) May 1, 2014
Global Warming’s Glorious Ship of FoolsPosted: January 9, 2014 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Akademik Shokalskiy, Al Gore, Amundsen, Australasian Antarctic Expedition, Big Climate, carbon, Climate, Commonwealth Bay, Douglas Mawson, eco-doom tourism, ecopalypse, Environment, IPCC, Mark Steyn, Rajendra Pachauri, Richard Branson, Titanic, Weather 1 Comment
The always entertaining, perpetually ill-tempered Mark Steyn writes: Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.
But still: you’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardianreporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint.
But alas, eating one’s shipmates and watching one’s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today’s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we’ll never know — although I’ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ‘I am going out. I may be some time’ line about eight bars into that New Year number.